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South and West Iceland at Leisure - Winter

(10 days / 9 nights)

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SEE THE GEMS OF SOUTH & WEST ICELAND IN WINTER AT LEISURE

This self-drive tour takes you to some of the top highlights of West Iceland, as well as the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle and the scenic south coast. Along with a chance to view the amazing northern lights phenomenon, your journey also allows you to experience natural wonders like glaciers, volcanic beaches, waterfalls, hot springs and other incredible sights in all their winter glory, all at a leisurely pace in the tranquility of the winter season.

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10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 168908 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts 

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Tour Highlights

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the winter season and hunt for northern lights
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss Skógafoss
  • Marvel at the impressive Gullfoss waterfall
  • Visit the volcanic landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula
  • See an erupting geyser in the hot springs area of Geysir
  • Explore the natural sights and tranquil fishing villages of Snæfellsnes

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Northern Lights i, Slow Paced i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1594/990 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavik

    On arrival to Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre and its many museums, restaurants and bars for all tastes. Head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: EXPLORING BEAUTIFUL BORGARFJÖRÐUR

    Collect your rental car this morning and drive to the historical Borgarfjörður region of west Iceland today. Worthwhile natural sights in the region include the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls that tumble over a lava field and Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.  You have the option of signing up for optional activities today like the manmade ice tunnel Into the Glacier and a visit to Krauma, the newly-opened baths adjacent to Deildartunguhver. For those interested in the history of Iceland, a visit to the Icelandic Settlement Centre in the town of Borgarnes is recommended.

    Spend the night in the Borgarnes area.

    Driving distance approx. 196 km / 121 mi.

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  • Day 3: THE MAGICAL SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

    From Borgarnes begin your journey to Snæfellsjökull National Park on Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Highlights of your driving route today include Dritvík Cove, the dramatic bird cliffs of Lóndrangar, Hellnar and Arnarstapi as well as idyllic seaside villages. And if you think that you have what it takes to be an Icelandic fisherman, you can test your strength with the “lifting stones” on the beach at Djúpalónssandur, just like fishermen did in the old days.

    Spend the night in the Borgarnes area.

    Driving distance approx. 323 km / 200 mi.

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  • Day 4: NATIONAL PARK & NORTHERN LIGHTS

    Today your journey takes you to some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland, on what is commonly called the "Golden Circle". The first stop on this popular route in south-western Iceland is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its natural beauty, unique geology and historical significance. Next, you will drive to the impressive Kerið implosion crater than has a pool of blue water in the centre. Make your way to your accommodation for the evening. If the conditions are right, you might be able to get a glimpse of the northern lights tonight*.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Driving distance approx. 139 km / 86 mi.

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  • Day 5: COMPLETE THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Today, you will complete the Golden Circle route today. Drive to the Haukadalur region, which is a hot-bed of geothermal activity. Here, you can see the frequently bursting Strokkur geyser at the Geysir geothermal area. This sight reminds us that Iceland is very much alive with raw, natural energy. Next, drive to Gullfoss waterfall, which is an especially majestic sight in the wintertime. The two-tiered waterfall is perhaps the most famous in a land of breathtaking cascades.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 143 km / 88 mi.

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  • Day 6: EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN & OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Today you will create your own adventure. You can visit some sights of the Golden Circle that you missed or want to see again, or attractions like the Faxi waterfall and the charming Friðheimar farm. At Friðheimar you can tour the tomato greenhouses, buy local products at their market and even enjoy a tomato-based lunch (meal must be booked in advance). You can also choose from a number of optional activities like horse-riding, snorkeling and bathing in the Secret Lagoon.

    Spend another night in the Selfoss area.

    Optional Activity
  • Day 7: THE SCENIC SOUTH COAST

    Start the day with a visit to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can follow a path behind its misty cascade. The next waterfall you will see, Skógafoss, is just as impressive in its winter coat and also has a trail running alongside it up the hill. Nearby is the Skógar Folk Museum, where we recommend exploring the old turf farm or checking out the historical exhibits inside. Next, your journey today takes you towards Vík, where you can see the dramatic black sand beaches* of the region. Then head to your accommodation for the evening.

    *Caution should always be exercised when visiting Reynisfjara beach near Vík due to powerful rogue/sneaker waves and the strong undertow current. Always stay far back from the water’s edge and read the warning sign before walking on the beach.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

    Driving distance approx. 203 km / 126 mi.

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  • Day 8: FLOATING ICEBERGS AT JÖKULSÁRLÓN & DIAMOND BEACH

    Take your time and enjoy Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, join an optional guided glacier hike or ice climbing excursion*. After some time exploring Skaftafell, head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, by far one of Iceland‘s most popular sights. This incredible maze of floating icebergs is a photographer’s dream, and you can sometimes even see curious seals swimming around. Then stop by the Diamond Beach, where you will see chunks of ice glistening on the black sands before continuing to the smaller lagoon, Fjallsárlón.

    *venturing onto a glacier or engaging in ice climbing should only ever be attempted with the assistance of a licensed and experienced guide.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 249 km / 154 mi.

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  • Day 9: GEOTHERMAL AREA OF REYKJANES PENINSULA

    Head to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. On a fissure zone created by separation of the mid-Atlantic ridge running across Iceland lies the large geothermal area of Krýsuvík. Within the same area is the stunning Seltún geothermal field, where volcanic fumeroles, mud pots and hot springs have formed over millennia. Not far from the geothermal areas of Krýsuvík and Seltún is Kleifarvatn, the third largest lake in southern Iceland. Next, you can visit the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa surrounded by interesting lava formations—an especially unique experience in the winter (pre-booking needed).  You also have the option of heading directly to Reykjavik, skipping the sights of Reykjanes.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 341 km / 211 mi.

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  • Day 10: Departure

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the accommodation for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    Optional Activity

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Very organised and professional

We found Nordic Visitor very organised and professional. The overall choice of hotels, the areas visited and time allotted to cover the distances was good particularly given the weather we had. Staff at some of the hotels, the hire car company(Atak) and the airport drivers all had positive things to say about Nordic Visitor.    

Very professional

Very professional service from Hanna & your company in line with our expectations to be recommended to our family and friends

Nordic Visitor made everything so easy

I couldn't have been happier with my experience! This was my first time traveling abroad by myself and Nordic Visitor made everything so easy. I loved the travel documents, in particular the customized map with noted sites to see along the drive. I absolutely have and will continue to recommend Nordic Vistior! I can't wait to book my next adventure with them! 

We could relax and enjoy the holiday

Pretty much everything was of a higher standard than we expected. We enjoyed out trip to Iceland very much and felt we made the right choice booking through Nordic visitor. Having everything organised for us meant we could relax and enjoy the holiday. We liked that you tailored the trip to meet our requirements. We have already been recommending you to friends and would have no hesitation in booking a trip through your company again.

Amazing adventure!

Map provided (with all stops/routes highlighted) was awesome! Also a great souvenir. Had an amazing adventure. Can't wait to go back to Iceland and do the whole circle drive.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in..

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x2
  • M

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Station wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Description: SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 4/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6-7
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Price per person from

Approx 168908 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

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Optional activities

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving during winter in Iceland, what the tour includes, the itinerary, weather conditions during the winter season and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour where our guests follow a detailed personalised itinerary during their road trip in Iceland, no dedicated driver or tour guide on behalf of Nordic Visitor is included. All accommodations, the rental car, airport transfers and planned activities will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). Nordic Visitor works with a small group of trusted operators that the company has strong professional relationships with.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPES
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Single, double and triple rooms are available for our self-drive packages. Please note, that in Iceland our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

DRIVING DURING WINTER SEASON
While Iceland is a year-round destination, self-driving during the winter months is not for everyone. Nordic Visitor does not recommend a long road trip in the winter if you have never driven on snow and ice.  If you are going to embark on a winter self-drive in Iceland, you should be comfortable driving in what can be challenging conditions, including snowstorms, icy roads and little daylight. Please be advised that Iceland is known for narrow roads and a AWD is recommended for the winter.

For inexperienced winter drivers, we recommend one of our guided small group winter tours where you will have a local, experienced guide at the wheel.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable.  Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with about 4-5 hours of daylight during the holiday season, from December to January. Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April. For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

WHAT TO PACK
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Thermal base-layers
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide


CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your vacation. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

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